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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 6, 2009 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

Pompous. Pretentious. Prick. They all apply.

I'd think of it's use as "having fun with words" if it wasn't so overly used, and primarily in this forum.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

Hey CC--sorry if my replies sounded harsh above, but as you note, it's hard to talk about this without that implication...?

I had to take some offense, of course, since I must be guilty of it moreso (there's another GREAT word) than anyone, but I was shocked to see your analysis shows that for "methinks" EVERYONE here does it. Even Dr Flashback.

Either WE ARE ALL PP's (prent pricks, coined this one a while back with Rob), or it really indicates that most folks writing here regularly have a reasonable command of the English language.

I argue for the latter--it'd surprise you to know how many folks hereabouts have PHDs, and a few in literature...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

pompitous of love, anyone?



This post was modified by bluedevil on 2009-10-06 17:53:40

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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

So now it's only smart people with "command of the English language"... Give me a break.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

No, I didn't say that at all...if you read my replies above there are potentially two classes: those that don't have a command and use the word as you imply, and those that do, and use the word innocently. I agreed with you about the possibilities if it looked awkward, out of place, etc., then the person MIGHT be guilty of what you charge. If, however, it fits with their writing, it would NOT be an example of your case.

If you are maintining that the word in and of itself is "bad" and by defn this means the person using it is a "PP", then all those that have used it fit your hypothesis. I think this can't be true.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

My assertion is that the use of the word implies at least a minimal level, but typically a high level, of pretension regardless of "command of the English language" or credentials.

The use of the word is certainly common here. I don't believe that is so much a byproduct of having a gathering of "smart" people here in this small place. There a more smart people out in the world than there are gathered here and when compared to here the word is rarely used.

So where does that leave it? Has to be some sort of generational thing, or societal possibly. No matter what, outside of this online forum, people don't just go typing "methinks" with such reckless abandon. I exaggerate but you get my point.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

Thanks for tolerating my initial defensive posturing (attacks?), as explained above. And yes, I do get your point. I just happened to have gone thru this before with NC (his critique of my writing), and at the time, while getting to know a handful of folks "off site", came to find out that there were multiple PHDs here, and more than two in some area of literature...now, it may be I happen to only interact with the PPs with phuds, but that was my (biased?) sample.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Oct 6, 2009 8:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to the Ivory Tower - Dead related

Thanks for the defense WT and other methinkers. On the other side of the planet here I'm often late or early for these exchanges. As for my use of the word methinks I actually do use it on occasion verbally in an inquisitive way such as; "methinks thou art hiding something". As for forum use, I seem to like it better than IMHO visually but I think it really depends on my frame of mind, or how I wanted the sentence to look. For instance, in the statement "reason #63 methinks" it's use was meant to have a more softer fun feel than IMHO which, to me, seems to convey a more polite and defined mood.
Anyway sorry for the long answer to the question of my use of the word methinks, but from the length of the debate about it methinks twas needed.